Dr David Connell

Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Business Research (CBR), University of Cambridge

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

David Connell has been a Senior Research Associate then Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge since 2006. He was previously founding Chief Executive of TTP Ventures, a Cambridge-based venture capital fund specializing in early stage science and technology-based ventures with funding from Boeing, Siemens and financial institutions. From 1989 to 1997, Connell was Head of TTP Groups Strategy Division, providing consulting advice on technology exploitation, innovation and business development strategy to a wide range of clients including Shell, BP, Nortel, ICI, Barclays Bank and Cambridge University. Today, he combines directorships with TTP Capital Partners and various technology-based companies with his academic research position.

David’s research interests include business models for new science and technology companies, technology commercialisation strategies, and government science and innovation policy. His research on the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other US procurement based policies has had a major influence on Government thinking and his detailed proposals form the basis of the revised UK SBRI programme. David is advising the TSB on implementation. He is also currently examining overseas policy models and the role of intermediate research institutions as a part of CBR’s work with the Cambridge IKC.

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